September 27, 2013 by Brad Currie
Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to have a Twitter conversation with Brian Knotts and Sean Junkins that focused on taking a leave of absence from social media. You often wonder what has happened to a person when they do not tweet for an extended period of time. Two questions pop into my head when I think about this: Did they die? or Are they mad at the world? Typically it is neither of these two scenarios thankfully and there are other less serious reasons. I was intrigued by the comment Sean made during our brief Twitter conversation which you can find below……
What if we did take a month off to just listen to what others have to say on Twitter, LinkedIn, and other online forums? Do we feel obligated to post things all the time just for the sake of posting them? Personally, I really try to listen to what people are saying on Twitter as it helps with improving my craft as a lead learner. But sometimes I feel as though I am Tweeting too much and my words become less meaningful. I am not sure that I could take part in a “social media blackout” for the fear that my connectedness to my peers is strong now. Ironically, Connected Educators Month is taking placing in October. A question I pose to all of connected educators is this: What if we became unconnected for a period of time? How would we survive and improve? Scary to think about for some, but others live this fate each day because they know no other way.
It will be interesting to see what comments are added to this particular blog post as it relates to the questions I have posed. In the past I have tried to disconnect for a few hours or a few days and it is quite difficult. Mainly because I feel as though I am missing out on the next big thing to hit the education world. So many great ideas have been shared since I became a connected educator in late 2011 that have impacted myself and others in so many ways. So I leave you with this question: Would you be able to take a leave of absence from Tweeting, Blogging, and Posting for an extended period of time and just listen to what others have to say?